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A Taste of Pinotage

A Taste of Pinotage

Pinotage is certainly one of those, and now you can have a range of delicious Pinotages to explore and enjoy, and then come back to stock up on those that really work for you. Pinotage is a grape variety, with the vine itself being a cross of Cinsaut and Pinot Noir, bred in 1925 by Professor Abraham Izak Perold, with the first Pinotage vinified in 1941 by CT de Waal (of the De Waal farm outside Stellenbosch). The 'Pinot' part of the name derives from Pinot Noir but the ‘age’ suffix was taken from Hermitage, which is the name that Cinsaut was known by in the Cape at the time. It is strange connection, as Hermitage is, in fact, not a grape variety, but an appellation in the Northern Rhône in France, where the only red grape permitted is Syrah.

We have selected the royalty of Pinotages for you.

BEYERSKLOOF : Deep Ruby Red Colour. Primary fruit aromas lead to an abundance of plum and black cherries against mocha, cedar & sweet spicy notes. Strong plum flavours with velvety tannis. Well structured, yet elegant and soft, medium-bodied with a fresh and superbly balanced finish. Impressive for consistency, given the volume produced of this specific vintage. For a full flavoured experience we
recommend drinking young.

DIEMERSFONTEIN : On the nose distinct coffee, rich dark chocolate and baked plums. The ripe subtle tannins create a wine to be drunk very young.

DEWAAL
: DeWaal Wines is considered one of the top Pinotage producers of South Africa. Only 8 producers have received the Pinotage Top 10 award 6 times or more in the years the competition has been running. Our regular Pinotage is a medium bodied, fruity wine with flavours of ripe plums and cherries. Rich in flavour with a hint of French oak on the lovely smooth, finish.

ALLEE BLEUE STARLETTE : Abundant strawberry and ripe cherry flavours on the nose. A slight hint of chocolate, liquorice and coffee gives added complexity. The palate is smooth and soft with beautiful berry fruit that lingers.

KLEINE ZALZE CELLAR SELECTION : As always this is a very elegant expression of Pinotage. On the bouquet there are notes of ripe, red fruit with floral tones and hints of lavender. The flavours follow through on the palate which also has a firm, yet elegant tannin structure that will allow the wine to mature well.

FLAGSTONE WRITERS BLOCK : Colour: Enticing ruby red in colour. Bouquet: On the nose a wonderful, balancing of ripe, dark red fruit like mulberry and blackberry, with mocha chocolate and Indian spice, underpinned by a bewitching hint of bramble and mint. Palate: The palate is surprisingly rich, beautifully balanced and gives the impression of being elegant and powerful at the same time. Flavours of very ripe strawberry, cherry and darker blackberry are wrapped up in soft, comforting oak hints and a caress of vanilla and dark chocolate. Really long and luscious.